Virtual ‘Cybersecurity Basics’ Course Launched: 5 Lessons for Protecting Yourself and Your Business

If you are online checking emails, posting Facebook images, paying your bills, streaming the latest Netflix series or monitoring your baby in its crib, you may be exposing your sensitive information. While consumers are online shopping for presents and new gadgets this season, cyber criminals are online stealing their information and hijacking their devices. As we gather more connected things, and collect more sensitive data, we expose ourselves and put ourselves at more risk of security incidents.  That is the nature of how our digital lives have evolved.

To help consumers and business people better protect themselves online, Varonis Systems, Inc. a provider of software solutions that protect data from insider threats and cyber attacks, has teamed up with renowned security expert Troy Hunt to offer five simple but effective steps the everyday user can take to secure themselves online and their organisation.

The online course, “Internet Security Basics, 5 Lessons for Protecting Yourself Online,” was created exclusively for Varonis and is designed to teach the everyday connected individual about the top five online security risks they face and how to protect themselves, including:

  • Practicing better password hygiene
  • Identifying website trustworthiness and phishing
  • Understanding the importance of software maintenance
  • Establishing mobile device and app security
  • Minimising the risks of household and corporate IoT

The on-demand course, intended to be consumable by anyone with basic familiarity with computers, web browsers and mobile devices, is divided into seven byte-sized modules that take just a few minutes to watch. The course can also provide an effective supplement to organisations’ ongoing efforts to keep their employees trained and vigilant about online risks.

Troy Hunt is a security expert and trainer, author, and creator of the free data breach service, “Have I been pwned?” As a leader in online training for technology professionals, Hunt distills complex technology and cybersecurity subjects into relatable explanations.

David Gibson, VP of Strategy and Market Development at Varonis, said, “We’re pleased to partner with Troy Hunt once again for this free video training course. We wanted to create a resource that both consumers and business people can use for online safety awareness and best practice tips to mitigate risks in their online environments. According to a recent Ponemon study, IT security practitioners say insider negligence is more than twice as likely to cause a compromise than any other culprit. By increasing awareness, we hope more consumers and employees will take preventive measures with their online security.”